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UN envoy to return to Myanmar on Saturday

By on October 12, 2019

31 October 2007United Nations Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari is set to arrive in Myanmar on Saturday, his second visit to the South-East Asian nation since authorities used force in responding to a wave of peaceful protests that began in August. The 3 to 8 November visit follows Mr. Gambari’s recently concluded tour of Myanmar’s regional partners that included stops in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Japan.“His second visit to Myanmar this time will have to bring substantively different results,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reporters in New York.During his upcoming visit, Mr. Gambari will follow up on his offer to facilitate implementation of the recommendations made to the Government during his last mission.These include immediate steps to address human rights concerns in the wake of the recent crisis and a framework for meaningful and time-bound dialogue between the Government and Aung San Suu Kyi as a necessary part of an inclusive national reconciliation process. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ms. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for four years, and has spent 11 years in detention since her party and its allies won the 1990 election with over 80 per cent of the Parliamentary seats. The goal is “that he will facilitate this dialogue between the Government and opposition leaders,” stated Mr. Ban, who also called for “more democracy measures by the Myanmar Government, including the release of all detained students and demonstrators.”The Special Adviser will also follow up on implementation of confidence-building measures, including the possibility of establishing a participatory constitutional review mechanism and a broad-based poverty alleviation commission.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that Mr. Gambari will consult with a broad range of representatives of Myanmar society, including all the groups which he was not able to see last time. “He looks forward to the continued cooperation of the Myanmar government in this regard.”Prior to his arrival in Myanmar, Mr. Gambari will meet with Mr. Ban on Friday in Istanbul, where they will discuss a substantive agenda and ways to facilitate the democratic process, including the release of detainees, she added. read more

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Newly built luxury homes in Cambridge vandalised with graffiti in Latin

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgThe newly-built luxury homes in Cambridge  Police said they were alerted to reports of criminal damage to four buildings on Tuesday morning and officers were investigating.It comes after a self-styled ‘grammar vigilante’ revealed that he had spent years changing offending shop signs in the dead of night in Bristol. Last night, residents in Cambridge said they believed the Latin graffiti “reflects the mood” of the area. A 71-year-old retired biochemist, who lives in the city but asked not to be named, said: “The sentiment is perfectly correct but the act of execution is not what you want to see about. The newly-built luxury homes in Cambridge Credit:@RTaylorUK The graffiti reflects a mood in the area about that particular developmentResident Paula Champion She added: “The graffiti reflects a mood in the area about that particular development. They are just massive houses and no one locally would be able to afford them.”Dr Charles Weiss, from Cambridge University’s Faculty of Classics, translated the slogan as “a place for homes equals places for people”. He believes it might be ‘pidgin Latin’, a modern take on the ancient language. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Residents said they believed the graffiti reflected the mood of the areaCredit:@RTaylorUK Last night, residents said they believed the graffiti "reflects the mood" of the area Latin graffiti has been daubed across several luxury houses in Cambridge amid suggestions locals are unhappy with the development. The words “Loci Populum!” and “Locus in Domos” were painted in large letters across the front and sides of the houses in Water Street, in Chesterton, which cost more than £1.2million each. The Latin phrases translate online as “local people” and “place of homes”. Mary Beard, a Cambridge University professor of classics, told the BBC: “This is a bit hard to translate, but I think what they’re trying to say is that a lovely place has been turned into houses.” Other phrases daubed on to the buildings include “We [heart] our home” and the symbols for dollars, euros and Japanese yen, followed by the phrase “go away”.The six houses, which were built on the site of a pub, have gone on the market at a price of £1.25 million each.”House prices are a massive problem in Cambridge,” said Richard Taylor, a resident who has been “campaigning and commenting” on the development and related issues since it began.The average house price in Cambridge is about £500,000 – at least 12 times the average salary for the area.”We’ve got incredibly rich people living one street away from incredibly poor people,” Mr Taylor said. “Clearly somebody is protesting against these houses.”A spokesman for the developer,  HC Moss (Builders) Ltd, said: “We have been made aware of the incident of criminal damage at our Water Street development and are taking steps to remove the graffiti.”This appears to be an isolated incident and it has been reported to the police who are investigating. We will be reviewing our current security measures at the location.” “I would be very surprised if it wasn’t done by a Cambridge-educated activist. I could think of a few people in Cambridge who would have both the knowledge of Latin and the sentiments and the will to do it.”Resident Paula Champion added: “Everyone passing thinks it’s great… I think people think what’s written is funny because it’s on millionaires’ houses – basically it’s a comeuppance.”last_img read more

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